Personalizing your bouquet can be a fun way to add some character to it as well as making it a great keepsake from your big day to forever display in your home. There are many ways to make your bridal bouquet unique and fit you. Here are some of those ways you may want to try. Charms or broaches can be a great way to bring a little bling to your bouquet as well as making it more personalized. I’ve seen some brides add one or two broaches to their bouquet or even have their whole bouquet made out of broaches and charms because they carry significance to the bride. Whether it be their grandma’s or received from a good friend a few years back, they help add special memories to your bouquet. Having the initial of your new last name on your bouquet is a great idea as well. The initial could either be in the flowers or on the stem of your bouquet. The initial of your new last name on your bouquet would be a nice way to symbolize entering this new chapter of your life. A unique way to remember loved ones who cannot be there on your big day is to hang a small picture of them on your bouquet. I’ve seen brides do this before and it really made their bouquet so much more special and sentimental. It is a wonderful way to pay tribute to family members (or loved pets) who have gone before. Another way to personalize your bouquet while making it look beautiful is to add some fabric of significance. You could wrap the stem of your bouquet with fabric from your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress. It would help add some elegance to your bouquet as well as making it very unique to you. Last but not least, you could add something to your bouquet that reminds you of your relationship with your new husband and how far you both have already come. You could incorporate some herbs into your bouquet that remind you of a certain scent from a great vacation or date you went on. Maybe your husband bought you a beautiful bouquet of flowers when you were dating that you just loved, and you could incorporate those types of flowers into your bridal bouquet. Whatever you choose, something memorable from your relationship may be fun to incorporate into your bridal bouquet.
Hey brides if you are pondering the idea of what to buy your groom for the ever so sweet gift exchange – don’t worry I have you covered!
Traditionally, the bride and groom gift exchange is symbolic of your love and commitment to each other. As with all traditions it is completely up to you (and your fiancé) whether you want to throw it out the window or not. The best thing to do is to talk it over together beforehand.
Below are five ideas for your groom gift:
1. Purchase an excursion (such as scuba diving with whale sharks) that your huz would love to do on your honeymoon.
2. Just a little risqué, but what groom wouldn’t love a mini album of your best boudoir photos? Many photographers have embraced this trend, so ask your photographer if this is a service they provide.
3. The most popular option is giving your groom cuff links, but make sure they are custom and represent your man perfectly! I know my boyfriend would love these California cuff links. (image via etsy)
4. Dress your husband up with a watch! It is one gift that will get the most use. (image via swell)
5. And, “finally the perfect way to keep a reminder of those important vows you made to each other” or even just a sweet note for your hubby! A sturdy piece of metal (how manly, right?) the size of a credit card that fits perfectly in his wallet. (image via etsy)
So you’re planning the annual Company Retreat and your CEO has asked you to incorporate a “new” teambuilding activity. He or She is tired of the same old routine that has been done for years and wants something that is really going to have people connect to one another and have them talking about it for months. Something that He or She can refer to throughout the year versus something that you do because it’s on the itinerary and then it’s never discussed it again. Where do you begin?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Get outside! You’ve been in training/continuing education meetings for days; take the group out for some fresh air and get them out of their comfort zone. Consider going to places that offer Zip Lining, Hiking or a Water Sport. These activities are fun and can help teach trust and leaning on each other for support.
- Host a Competition in the Kitchen, if your venue does not allow groups in their kitchen find a local culinary school. Seems easy and not very “teambuilding” like, right? Wrong. Imagine your group being broken into groups of 4-5 members. Each team has 15 minutes to come up with a menu; this is now when the true teambuilding aspect comes into play. Each team member has only 10 minutes in the kitchen, at the end of 10 minutes the next team member steps in and picks up where the last member left off. Will they complete their meal? Will it be the same menu they initially set out to create? This simple activity that we typically do at home for our families becomes a lesson about working together and clearly communicating your needs.
- Play some music. No, I am not talking about turning on the radio to dance; I am talking about actually playing some instruments and making music together. Local music schools and recording studios are great places to look into. Often times they not only have all of the instruments but they also have equipment to record your group singing, strumming and drumming. Wouldn’t it be nice to have everyone leave with not only pictures of the activity but also a CD of something they created together? This one is definitely something “new” plus you might even learn that you have some great musical talents within your group!
Just remember to keep the group engaged you need to keep the activity fun, keep the energy high and keep the overall message clear.
My picks for Vintage Villas: Some of my personal favorite Teambuilding Activities near Vintage Villas include Lake Travis Zip Line Adventures, Just for Fun Boat Rentals, Silver Whisk and The Musician’s Woodshed. Check them out the next time you are planning a Retreat in the area.
My Favorite on-site Activity to Date:
A few weeks ago I was introduced to a great company that travels to the meeting location, Drum Café South. Talk about high energy and engagement! They were so much fun! The corporate group had individuals from all over the world at this particular meeting and this Teambuilding Activity really pulled all of them together! Their meeting planner got it right!
By: Mallory Voorheis, IOM :: Corporate Sales Manager :: Vintage Villas Hotel & Events
Wedding day attire has changed throughout time, but one component that remains the same is the wearing of a wedding veil. The history of the wedding veil goes back to ancient Greek times, but regardless of the reason why brides still choose to wear them, how do you know what type of veil is best for you?
Although there are no rules when it comes to choosing the style of veil for your wedding day, two things to keep in mind are: veils reflect the formality of your ceremony and should logistically make sense with your ceremony location.
Just as there are many dress styles, there are several types of veils. The longest veil, known as a Cathedral veil, is used in the most formal weddings and typically taking place indoors. If you are having an outdoor ceremony you may want to factor in the elements. The last thing you want to worry about is the wind blowing your veil in your face, or risk it being caught in bushes or even snagging on concrete.
Other veil types include the shoulder (also known as a flyaway veil), fingertip, and chapel lengths. A shoulder is a short wispy veil, typically multi-layered that sweeps the shoulders, while a fingertip veil reaches below the waist and brushes at the fingertips. And a chapel veil extends to the floor trailing the bride.
Whatever the length you choose, the veil should look however you want it to: simple or elaborate, embellished with jewels or plain. It should be a beautiful accessory to your dress, but not a distraction. When selecting your wedding veil, may it complement you, your dress, and your ceremony site.
Written by: Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing